Tequila Reposado 2018

Best Reposado Tequila - 2018


The Fifty Best Reposado Tequila Tasting



The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 10 reposado tequilas with a panel of 16 judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold and Gold medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Silver or Bronze medals awarded for this tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The municipalities of origin are identified for each brand.


Alacrán A.T.A.
(Jesús María, Los Altos, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, caramel, creamy, molasses, vanilla, gentle sugar, honey, crystalized honey, meringue, marshmallow, cookie dough, marzipan, almond, green olive, moss, wood.
Palate: Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, cane sugar, vanilla, clotted cream, soft silky whipped cream, biscotti, semi-sweet praline, lemon meringue pie, lemon zest, ginger, raisin, floral, allspice, peppercorns, nutty, mineral oil, light wood, fresh, soft, can drink all night, perfection to sip every time.
Finish: Toffee, creamy, burnt caramel, cherry cola, berries, figs, plantain, delicate, smooth, rich, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

   Alacrán A.T.A. Reposado Tequila

Loma Azul
(Arandas, Altos Sur)

Nose: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla, hot buttered rum, tropical fruit, pear, lemon, roasted figs, herbaceous, minty, green plants, popcorn.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, creamy, nougat, praline, sweet light brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, honey, agave, sweet piña, orange, lime, citrus, dates, herbs, minty, grassy bell pepper, toasted almonds, spicy, unique, delightful.
Finish: Mocha, clotted cream, creamy, sweet leaf, smoky jalapeno, clean, crisp, soft, smooth, really nice, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Loma Azul Reposado Tequila

Pura Vida
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, creamy, clotted cream, vanilla, light coffee with cream, sweet honey, lemon, citrus, light lime, floral, green olive, grassy, cut grass, burnt toast, pleasant.
Palate: Salted caramel, vanilla, honey, caramelized banana, banana, lemon, lemon zest, citrus, flowers, herbaceous, cocoa, coffee, roasted pepper, mint, spearmint, smoked mint, tarragon, baking spice, green tea, earthy, smoky, woody, flavorful, delightful.
Finish: Creamy, cola, light brown sugar, licorice, sandalwood, cinnamon, earthy, well balanced, flavorful, complex, clean, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Pura Vida Reposado Tequila


Mar Azul
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Toffee, dark butterscotch, nougat, praline, root beer float, creamy vanilla, honey, pears, fresh fruit, citrus, floral, herbs, grass, green pepper, bell pepper, pickled red onions, mint, baking spices, allspice, anise, nutty, coffee grounds, faint brine, fresh.
Palate: Toffee, new chocolate, light cream, vanilla, honey, tropical fruit, pear, eucalyptus, herbal, grassy, olive, pepper, spicy, brine, tobacco, earthy, woody, cedar.
Finish: Toffee, pear, cream, sandalwood, pepper, black pepper, spicy, pine, smooth, big, rich, intense.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Mar Azul Reposado Tequila

Mi Rancho
(Jamay, Jalisco)

Nose: Fresh crisp apple, pears, melon, lemon peel, raisins, dried fruit, cane sugar, flowers, mint, grass, green olive, toast, mineral, saline, earthy, leather, wood.
Palate: Caramel, café au lait, vanilla, orange blossom honey, Meyer lemon peel, citrus, bitter lemon zest, raisins, lavender, floral, mint, spicy, vegetal, toast, grainy, coffee, tobacco, leather, earthy, woody, crisp, clean, pleasant, lots of depth.
Finish: Honey, lemon, pith, raisins, fennel, licorice, cinnamon, pepper, spicy, brine, cedar, well-balanced, soft, buttery smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Mi Rancho Reposado Tequila

(Highlands, Jalisco)

Nose: Vanilla, honey, wildflower honey, agave, melon, apple cider, ripe dark fruit, raisins, flowers, herbs, mint, vegetal, briny, aged wood.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, vanilla, cream soda, honey, fresh agave, pear, citrus, orange peel, dried fruit, floral, green plant, olives, spice, brined salty almonds, light coffee, mineral oil, earthy, smoky.
Finish: Orange, figs, creamy, licorice, pepper, spicy, pine nuts, woody, bourbon, balanced, silky, smooth, velvety.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Titanium Reposado Tequila

Señor Rio
(Jamay, Jalisco)

Nose: Caramel, sweet cream, honey, fig, lemon rind, agave, bell pepper, green olive juice, pickles, tarragon, thyme, fresh taco, black pepper, hickory wood.
Palate: Caramel, nougat, creamy, molasses, vanilla, honey, creamy citrus, dried pineapple, grassy, charred bell pepper, caramelized olives, mint, anise, nutty, spice, hot pepper, earthy, woody, oak, smooth, balanced.
Finish: Roasted pepper, root beer, creamy, dried herbs, grassy, pepper, brine, well-balanced, clean, smooth, easy drinking, super-interesting.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Señor Rio Reposado Tequila

(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Nose: Cane syrup, maple syrup, hint of vanilla, honey, lemon drops, lemon, lemon zest, light citrus, apple cider, agave, pineapple, papaya, dates, perfume, floral, flowery, nutty, mocha, coffee, licorice, smoky, very soft.
Palate: Toffee, nougat, clotted cream, vanilla, bubblegum, Juicy Fruit gum, tropical fruit, citrus, melon, agave, dates, bell pepper, nutty, herbs, licorice, anise, anisette, cinnamon, spices, black pepper, brine, new wood, pine.
Finish: Honey, fruity, pepper, spicy, light toast, bamboo, oak, wood, smoky, rich, smooth, clean, crisp, great sipping tequila, a beautiful dessert drink to sip by the fire.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Azuñia Reposado Tequila

(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Butterscotch candies, brown sugar, cotton candy, candy corn, creamy, whipped cream, whipped butter, vanilla, berry, dried fruit, rainwater, tarragon, smoky, woody.
Palate: Brown sugar, very light vanilla, creamy, berry, lemon, citrus, mango, cactus, cola, mint, almonds, toast, oregano, spicy, peppercorns, woody, wood chips, smoky, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla, creamy, lavender pepper, spice, cedar, clean.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Herradura Reposado Tequila

(Highlands, Jalisco)

Nose: Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, light brown sugar, sour molasses, agave, melon, lime, citrus, peppers, bell pepper, cilantro, vegetal, spicy, olive brine, green olives, fresh pickles, dry dill, thyme, nutty, wormwood, fresh bread, crisp.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, dark brown sugar, pineapple, fresh agave, lemon, dried apple, raisins, sandalwood, coffee, dry nuts, herbs, mint, bell pepper, peppers, vegetal, olive brine, spicy, tobacco, smoky, smoked wood, light wood, pine, oak, flavorful.
Finish: Vanilla, creamy, pepper, spice, some sweetness, subtle wood, woody, cedar, soft, smooth, crisp, bright finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Corazón Reposado Tequila




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